Lamar Jackson Struggles as Mississippi St. Beats Louisville in TaxSlayer Bowl

Mississippi State 31, Louisville 27, college football final, TaxSlayer Bowl

One of the games you will definitely want to tune in to on Saturday afternoon will be the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl between the Louisville Cardinals (8-4) and the No. 24 Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4).

Thompson and Jackson provided numerous highlights - and some lowlights.

MSU finishes the season 9-4.

Jackson had the Cardinals (8-5) on the move late, but safety Mark McLaurin intercepted his third pass of the game. Jackson got another chance in the waning seconds following a failed, fourth-down conversation.

Jackson, who hadn't thrown an interception since October, threw picks on back-to-back drives in the third quarter.




Jackson ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. West Virginia's Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007. MSU sacked Jackson six times, with each of those coming in the second half. It was Thompson's first career start since the 2016 Louisiana state championship game and yet he was in total control early, leading Mississippi State right down the field for touchdowns on the first two possessions of the game. Jackson has yet to declare for the National Football League draft, but most outsiders believe the dynamic junior will turn pro.

If he is leaving, he went out setting records. Jackson joins former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick as the only players to accomplish the feat. Quarterback Keytaon Thompson should be adequately prepared to run the offense, and with Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons manning the defense, Louisville will face a formidable opponent. It's been the story of the year for Louisville.

It was the ninth win of the year for 24th-ranked Mississippi State.

Louisville: Coach Bobby Petrino likely will have to replace Jackson, which will be no easy task. Lamar Jackson (1,443 yards, 17 TDs) is the leading rusher, but running backs Malik Williams (518, 4) and Reggie Bonnafon (446, 7) have done their part as well. Louisville WR Jaylen Smith had seven catches for 107 receiving yards.

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